• Police Object to Alcohol at Microlight Festival ** UPDATED **

    Organisers want to hold the event in June, but there are concerns from police about the sale of alcohol at the venue.

    A Temporary Event Notice has been submitted for entertainment and late night refreshment for up to 250 people, between 10 and 12 June, 2011.

    According to the application, the festival would feature a mobile bar in a marquee on the airfield at Scotchells Brook Lane.

    But police have objected to the plan, saying the consider the sale of alcohol at the site a risk to public safety.

    They add that the temporary event notice "contains no information as to how the organisers will promote the licensing objectives, in particular to prevent persons becoming intoxicated and subsequently flying aircraft or taking part in the supervision of flying activities."

    Police add that the continuous 72-hour nature of the event means it is likely that there will be increased numbers at night time, with a greater risk of crime and disorder.

    Event Organiser, John Brutnell, told Isle of Wight Radio that he was very surprised at the police objection after 10 years of running a very safe and successful event which benefits the local community.

    And John Moore, who organised the event until last year, added: "Ever since 2001, annual events right through until 2010, in all that time there has only ever been one incident with the police and it didn't even involve us! In all that time there has been issues or any problems, there have been no issues of drinking and flying - even the suggestion of that appalls me!"

    And John told Isle of Wight Radio that pilots have to adhere to strict guidelines: "Every pilot that takes part is a licenced pilot, which means that he has taken examinations in things like human performance limitations. So, a lot more than your average car driver or your normal person. He's taken exams and training in the danger of drink and drugs on aviation. And the actual limit, by the way, is a quarter of that of driving. So even though the limit is that of a quarter of that of driving, no-one has ever done this."

    Councillors on the Licensing Committee will have to decide if they agree with police at their meeting on Monday, 23 May.

    Report by Emma Philo

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    Comments 2 Comments
    1. P Kelsey's Avatar
      P Kelsey -
      What happens if the Event has a Meteorological screw up and we have a Weekend of Great Weather ? Will they turn away any pilots when the Marquee has 250 attendees ?

      Pie in the Sky
      Looks at this time that Morrisons will have a boost in Alcohol sales over that weekend.
    1. stormchaser's Avatar
      stormchaser -
      Looks like the objection has been removed so all is well.